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AMS VIP Firstweek Kits All Residences 3-7pm

Firstweek Flix The Knoll 8-11:30pm

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Residence revamp Bed Bath & Beyond 11am-5pm Capture the Flag Martha Piper Plaza 7:30-10pm Firstweek Flix Totem Park Field 9-11:30pm

THU Sept 7 - Morning Coffee for commuters Outside The Nest / Bus Loop 8:30-10:30am

live at lunch University Plaza 12-2pm

Imagine Day Booth Main Mall 1-5pm Improv

Walter Gage Ballroom 7-8:30pm Pastels and Pinot The Gallery 2.0 7:30-10:30pm

THU Sept 7 - Night

Live at Lunch Nest Atrium 12-2pm

Nora en pure @ THE PIT The Pit 7pm

yoga The Nest Performance Theatre 2:30-3:30pm

Ultimate Paint Party The Great Hall 9pm

Coffee for commuters Outside The Nest / Bus Loop 8:30-10:30am Live at Lunch University Plaza 12-2pm yoga University Plaza 2:30-3:30pm PIT NIGHT The Pit 7pm pool party UBC Aquatic Centre 9pm

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AMS Welcome Back BBQ University Plaza 3:00-9:30pm AMS Welcome Back BBQ after party The Pit 9pm-2am

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Pancake Breakfast University Plaza 8:30-10:30am

Pancake Breakfast University Plaza 8:30-10:30am

Yoga The Nest Performance Theatre 12-1pm

YOGA The Nest Performance Theatre 12-1pm

Coffee for Commuters Outside The Nest / Bus Loop 8:30-10:30am

Comedy Show The Nest Performance Theatre 7-9pm

Improv Totem Park Ballroom 7-8:30pm

The Ultimate Trivia Night The PIT 7-9pm

Karaoke @ the PIT The PIT 8-11pm

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Coffee for Commuters Outside The Nest / Bus Loop 8:30-10:30am

AMS Firstweek x SASC: Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships Workshop The Nest Performance Theatre 10am–12pm

yoga The Nest Performance Theatre 12-1pm Improv The Nest Performance Theatre 7-8:30pm Live at the Gallery The Gallery 2.0 8-11pm

AMS Firstweek x SASC: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault Workshop The Nest Performance Theatre 12:30pm–2:30pm

Thunderbird pep rally University Plaza 11:30 am - 2:30 pm yoga The Nest Performance Theatre 12-1pm Bicycle Beach crawl University Plaza 5-9pm Pit night The Pit 7pm

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The Pit 9pm - 2am

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Welcome to the Univeristy of British Columbia. Whether it’s your first time on campus or you’re a seasoned pro, UBC always has something new to offer.

Here at The Ubyssey we like to think we know a good chunk of what UBC has hidden away and annually we get together and decide what tidbits of our collective knowledge are worth shoving in a book and sharing with all of you.

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Message from The Editor Expect nothing more from UBC than opportunities. During your time here you will be able to meet amazing people who will have done things you’ve never done and know about things you’ve never heard of. You will be able to learn from them and teach them what you bring with you from your past. You will be able to find people who love the same obscure music, shows or games as you, and who will make what were previously lonely interests of your collaborative passions. You will be able to study your obsessions and bore your friends with the details. You will be able to make your worst mistakes and your best decisions and sometimes it will surprise you which ones are which. Just don’t expect that all of this will happen. Because it won’t if you just wait around for it. UBC will give you every opportunity to get what you want from it, but nothing will be given to you. Stay curious. Be inquisitive, friendly and generous. Stay open to change and to being challenged. Leave your shitty dorm room and force yourself into experiences that will surprise you. Take every opportunity, have fun and go to at least a few of your classes.


Samuel Du Bois is The Ubyssey’s Coordinating Editor for the summer and hopes to graduate sometime in the next twenty years.

Maria Sottile, Second-year Major: Engineering Physics A wonderful blend of curiosity, passion, good and bad study habits, and general chill-ness.

Varoon Mathur, Fourth-year Major: Computer Science My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Nina Payne, Fourth-year Major: Biology and English Lit I’m an all around under-qualified person with lots of unsolicited opinions.

Meet the Panel

We know a lot, but don’t take our word for it. Here are eight others who want to share their wisdom too!

Deborah Buszard, Okanagan Campus Principal of the Okanagan campus, Professor of Biology, lifelong learner.

Ervin Wong, Second-year Major: Sociology I’ll be the person who drops around $100 during Roll-Upthe-Rim season.


Daisy Zhang, Fourth-year Major: Physics and Philosophy A native of Beijing in Vancouver.

Rohit Chandel, Third-year Major: Mining Engineering I am a person that likes books and Netflix and gets obsessive really quickly over something.

Daniel Lam, Fourth-year Major: Atmospheric Science Disgraced student politician that loves to eat and drink.






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“What happens if I fail?”“What is this SSC?”

“How do I even become “When can I drop a class?” a second year??” “What’s a ‘W’?”

“What are office hours?” “What’s Academic “Who should I talk about courses?” Probation?” “My TA scares me, “How domycredits work?” “What’s Pass/Fail??” is that normal?” Welcome to UBC! The first thing you’ll need is some

Basic Academic Knowledge I mean, it is a school.

Credit/D/Fail Want to explore interesting but potentially challenging electives? Fear not — try Credit/D/Fail. UBC will give you a Cr on your transcript if your grade is 55 per cent and above, a D for a grade between 50-54.9 per cent and an F if you fail. More importantly, a Cr or a D will still give you the credits but won’t be factored into your GPA. You have until the add/drop deadline to register for this option.



Academic Probation & Failed Standing

You can withdraw from any course with no strings attached if you do so before the add/drop deadline. After this deadline, you will receive a W notation on your transcript. Having one or two notations usually doesn’t mean much for grad school admission, but having a pattern of W’s or too many W’s in your transcript probably does.

If your sessional average is between 55-50 per cent, you will be put on academic probation. You can only take up to 12 credits in either winter term and 11 credits in the summer.

Past the second add/drop deadline, only students with extenuating circumstances, such as a loss in the family or medical problems can be withdrawn at the discretion of advising, so keep that in mind.

It becomes awfully more complicated if you have been on academic probation or failed standing before. In this case, you should check UBC’s website and talk to academic advisors to maintain a clear path forward.

If your sessional average is below 50 per cent, you will gain a failed standing. Depending on your faculty, this will have different consequences. You must withdraw from UBC if you continue to have a failed standing for two sessions in a row.




Study Tips First year is the year you actually have to learn how to study — you can’t sail through and get straight-A’s like many of us did in high school. Make sure you try out different ways of active studying, whether it’s re-writing your notes, condensing them, making flashcards or quizzing yourself or a friend.

Different strategies work better for different subjects, so once you find your rhythm go from there. Having trouble? Check-in with your TA, your classmates or your prof to see how they suggest you prepare, and always, always, do the practice problems! You may just get lucky and find one of them on the test.

Top Libraries and Study Spaces I r v i ng K. B ar b e r Learning Centre: Home to the “Harry Potter Room,” IKB is also where the most public study spaces are. While IKB isn’t the quietest place, there are designated silent study areas. Koerner Library: Koerner is a silent study space so make sure you’re not taking your group study sessions here. Check out the Stacks to find individual study spaces - and books if you’re interested in that kind of thing.


Woodward Library: The biggest Science library on campus also gives you a less busy space to study.

Forest Sciences Centre: If you can find a spot, this is a gorgeous place to study. The wooden decor and greenery are sure to be a good boost to your mood. The Nest: While we loved the Old SUB (RIP), the Nest has a ton more study space and a bunch more light. You’re right by all of the food you can want, which makes it ideal for longer study sessions. The Asian Library: One of the numerous smaller libraries around campus, the Asian Library offers one of the calmest places to study on campus.

The Panel Says:


“It is important to know yourself. How long will it take you to complete this assignment? How well do you understand the material for this quiz? Will doing a single practice test suffice, or must you also review all past assignments?” - Maria Sottile “Make small study groups with your classmates, find an empty classroom (preferably with a whiteboard and a projector), and explain stuff you learnt in class to each other.” - Rohit Chandel




Professors Unless you are in a smaller program, professors are probably not going to be anything like your high school teachers, if for no other reason than that your lectures will be a lot larger. You might never talk to your prof and only see your TA, but professors are still a resource for you to use. That being said, professors can make or break a class and there are a few ways to make sure you end up on the right side of that equation. Here’s our top three:


Research your professor beforehand: Although most people would advise against making your course decisions entirely based on Rate My Prof, the website can be handy when you see the same thing come up over and over again in the comments. Even if you have to take the class either way, it is good to know in advance if a professor hates it when students are late, or doesn’t take assignments later than the original deadline.

The Panel Says:

“[The best way to get to know your professor is] after class, with meaningful questions. Either office hours or after lectures, but be genuine and honest about your approach. If you simply want to get life advice and experience and don’t genuinely have a question about lecture, be honest and I am sure professors would love to mentor.” - Varoon Mathur “I can’t be the only one who stalks their professors online.” - Daisy Zhang


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Try to be a good student: There is nothing that professors or other students hate more than when you wander into class 15 minutes late and block half a row of people while trying to get a seat while holding the large latte that made you late in the first place. Go to class, hand in your assignments on time and don’t be the person whose phone goes off every class. Don’t be afraid to talk: If you want your professor to know who you are (and have any chance of getting a good reference one day), don’t be afraid to answer questions and speak up in class. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this or if you are just really interested in the subject material and wanted to talk more about it, you can always visit office hours or try to talk to your professors after class. Not only will you probably understand the material better and be able to ask more in-depth questions, but you could also discover you are more interested in the subject than you previously thought.

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Academic Resources University is hard. We’re all smart, but suddenly being surrounded by other big fish in an even bigger pond can be scary. But you’re not alone and as much as it might seem otherwise, UBC doesn’t want you to fail. There is always someone to answer to your questions.

office which can help with questions about degree requirements, graduation planning and other academic questions. While advising might be hit or miss, the Degree Navigator on the SSC is a great tool to plan your path to graduation.

In addition to your Enrolment Services Professionals (ESP) who’s there for your enrolment and tuition questions, every faculty has its own advising

After you declare your major – and perhaps a minor – your department(s) might also have additional advising for you to use.

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Chapman Learning Commons: Located on the third floor of IKB, the Learning Commons offers tutoring, writing support, study space, peer academic coaching and more.


Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication: The place to go for help with all things writing, the CWSC offers drop-in writing tutorials, online courses and help with a range of writing projects such as essays, resumes and scholarship applications.

Tandem Language Program: This is a free program that can partner you with a native speaker in the language you would like to practice for 1.5 hours per week in order to work on language and conversation skills.

First Nations House of Learning: The FNHL provides services for First Nations students that include tutoring and advising.

AMS Tutoring: They provide free support for first and second year courses in subjects like biology, economics and physics.




Co-op UBC’s Co-operative Education program is a way to get a start on your adulting. Seven faculties offer Co-op programs and the goal is to get paid work experience in your field of study. For many in Co-op, such as those in Engineering, it’s as simple as getting placed in a firm and enjoying having a headstart on your resume. It is almost always a good idea. But for others, particularly those in Arts, it’s a bit more of a mixed bag. Your experiences can be very different depending on where you’re placed, since the opportunities are so varied.

While all work experience is critical for a successful future, the Co-op programs offer a particular opportunity. You get credit for your time in the Co-op program, something that other job opportunities don’t offer. But for every student that has had an amazing placement, there are plenty who say that finding relevent job experience outside the Co-op program, whether on your own or through other UBC programs like WorkLearn or internships, might be a better option. So should you do Co-op? Maybe. It’s entirely up to you and how your faculty’s Co-op program is run.

The Panel Says:


I think that work experience opportunities are a great way to set yourself above other students, especially in a faculty like Arts. That said, it does take time and money, and might not be the best fit for someone who can find work experience elsewhere in clubs or part-time jobs. - Ervin Wong

Go Global

Studying abroad doesn’t just have to be a year or semester in Europe — it could be a summer semester in Japan, a UBC course taught for a few weeks in South America or even an international internship or co-op.

go so that you can graduate on a timeline you’re comfortable with. Their website lists all of the international opportunities available, including all of the universities worldwide that you can study at.

Go Global, UBC’s office in charge of international study, holds office hours three days a week to help you plan when and where you want to

Make sure to start planning early as applications begin to close in November for programs the following year.





The Panel Says “Welcome to UBC! You’re going to love it! Your undergraduate years will be the foundation for the rest of your life. Make the most of everything UBC offers: take co-op if you can, make connections and explore things beyond your core program. You can’t know where you will go in life, but you can be sure that being well prepared will enable you to succeed. Tuum Est.” - Deborah Buszard

“Consider going on exchange even if you already have lots of experience living or studying abroad. I was raised in China and was skeptical about what I can gain from my research abroad summer in Germany besides the academics; however, it turned out, the three month exchange was the best kind of experience.” - Daisy Zhang


“University is a time to experiment with everything, but also know your limit, think about potential consequences of intoxication and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing... University will be the best time of your life, and it is always a big learning experience. Have fun, and as always, Tuum Est.” - Daniel Lam

“If you’re a wanderer, or stressed, frustrated, or bored, take a break from late night studying and wander about campus. Deviate from your normal route; search out unknown buildings; feed your curiosity and question what’s behind that wall or down that staircase or beyond that landmark out the corner of your eye.” - Maria Sottile

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The Alma Mater Society The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is the body of student government at UBC, which means that they manage student clubs, run businesses, provide services like the Sexual Assault Support Centre and Safewalk, lobby the university and government for students, put on events like Block Party and generally represent and apply your interests on a broader stage.

Like any government, a lot of people have gripes about the AMS. Anytime you have a situation where a bunch of 20-somethings are responsible for millions of dollars of public money, there’s going to be controversy. And while embezzlement and fraud are usually not major issues here, it’s best to at least have a cursory understanding of what the AMS does.

C o u n c i l is the decision-making body of the AMS. It’s made up of the Executive committee, representatives from constituent societies like the Arts Undergraduate Society, Science Undergraduate Society, etc., as well as regular ol’ students. They vote on motions, approve the budget and appoint people to committees — stuff like that. Their meetings are public, and we live-tweet them @UbysseyNews. T h e P r e s i d e n t (currently Alan Ehrenholz) is everything and nothing. As far as official duties go, they’re responsible for speaking on behalf of the AMS, and not much else. Depending on who’s elected, though, they can do anything from filling their plate with great projects, to advocating on behalf of students, to sitting back and coasting on a platform of “improving student engagement.”


V i c e P r e s i d e n t s are a group of students who all control different parts of the AMS. Ranging from VP Finance to VP Academic and Univeristy Affairs, the VPs are the ones who really decide what’s happening. AMS clubs are under the control of the VP Administration, while government lobbying is the VP External Affairs’ job. If you have a specific concern or idea, your best bet is to contact the VP in charge.



Getting involved with clubs at UBC is one of the best ways to meet cool people and pursue your passions. Lucky for you, there are literally hundreds of clubs on campus to choose from. Check out the list at Missed a club on Imagine Day? Be sure to stop by the Nest for Club Days in the third week of September and introduce yourself. Can’t find something you like? Find some friends and request to make your own club. While we’re missing literally hundreds of clubs, here are some to note: Ski and Snowboard Club The Ski and Board Club is one of the biggest on campus. They have a reputation of hitting the slopes hard and partying harder. If you’re interested in snow sports at all, this is the club to join.

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UBC Yoga is the cheap and welcoming way to get into yoga — and let’s be real, can you even live in Vancouver without doing yoga? This club is great for those students who get stressed but also don’t want to stress their wallets.

We may prefer the feeling of paper on our fingertips, but CiTR, UBC’s Student Radio Station, is the balm to our ears. Shows range from classic talk shows to classic rock, and they want you to join. Be a radio star.

Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC) If you’re interested in hiking, camping, climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing or canoeing, the VOC is there for you. Seriously. They are the club for anything looking to get outside the city this year.




Greek Life The Panel Says: “Alpha Phi Omega is my favourite club, hands down. Chartered in December 2015, it was Canada’s first chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, and operates off of the principles of leadership, friendship and service. Many of the world’s greatest academics, politicians and leaders have been part of this organization. It is a great place to find different avenues of volunteering and service to the Vancouver community while making friends from UBC and around the world that you will cherish for a lifetime.” - Daniel Lam Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, along with the Engineering fraternity and sorority are considered separate from the “Greek Life” of UBC, but are still important to campus.


There are ten fraternities and eight sororities at UBC, with thousands of students taking part in UBC’s Greek life. This makes up a small portion of the overall population of the university, but it is also the largest Greek system in Canada. Joining Greek life is not for everyone. Members pay dues and may spend a significant amount of time on their organization. However, it is a rewarding experience for many who want to find a smaller community on campus, academic support, philanthropic involvement and networking opportunities.

Formal recruitment for sororities and formal rush for fraternities happens in September. There are also informal recruitment periods in the Spring, though not all chapters participate in these. The best way to figure out if the experience is right for you is to attend recruitment events and talk to members. It is completely normal for people to change their minds and drop out of the recruitment or rush process, so don’t feel pressured if you don’t like it! There is also a period of time before you are fully initiated into a sorority or fraternity where you are a “new member” and can drop out, hassle-free.



Cheap Eats If you live on campus or spend all of your time here, like most of us at The Ubyssey, it’s important to know where you can get the most bang for your buck.

Fast food in the Village: McDonalds and A&W are both open 24 hours for when you’re drunk or sad. There’s also a bevy of other mainstream places, including Fresh Slice, Subway, Pita Pit and Pizza Garden (go to Mercante if you want something that looks good on Instagram — go to Pizza Garden if you want a good-tasting piece of pizza).


Agora Cafe: A hidden gem in the Macmillan Building on the south end of Main Mall. Simple, no-nonsense sandwices, soups and snacks and ultra-cheap coffee. Bring your own mug or container for a small discount!

Domino’s Pizza: They deliver to UBC. Now that we’ve told you that, expect to break down about once a month and order one to your room. The upshot: you’ll instantly make a few friends.

“The Basement”: In the University Village, next to the McDonalds, an unassuming stairway leads down to a depressing food court with no cell reception. The food is actually quite good though, and has something for basically every craving – sushi, gyros, pho, you name it.

Sprouts: A classic. While their most well known cafe is currently being moved around – rumor has it they’ll be in the Old SUB Life Building in January, but their other cafe Seedlings is still up and running so check out their Facebook and website.

Triple O Tuesdays: If you must, you can get a regular hamburger for $3.33 at the Triple O’s next to Sauder every Tuesday. It’s absolutely not worth it, but if you feel like lining up out the door for a mediocre meat and bun experience, more power to you.

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But sometimes you’ve just got to feed the beast, even if it means that you’re shelling out a bit more cash. Campus food isn’t always cheap, but you’re worth it. Treat yo self.

School of Fish: Yes, a UBC food truck made the list, for the sole (ha, get it) reason that its baked salmon is absolutely buckwild. It’s nuts. It shouldn’t exist, it’s so good. For under $10 you can get a chunk of salmon perfectly cooked on a bed of microgreens and amazing risotto, with a dollop of crab butter on top. Holy shit, this dish is good. Don’t get the fish and chips, they’re mediocre. But fuck, man, this salmon. One More Sushi: A reasonably priced and damn good sushi joint. If you’re used to Vancouver sushi it’s not going to blow your mind, but it’s definitely the best on campus. Bao Down: Another new one! This place stuffs a bunch of delicious meat, veggies and sauces into bao – those incredible, light-but-doughy Chinese buns you didn’t know you loved til you tried. It also proves our pet theory that all fast food can be improved with kimchi.

Chef Hung: It’s a bit of a walk out in Wesbrook Village, but it’s worth it. This place does a huge variety of Chinese snacks built for sharing. Try the beef rolls, the pork dumplings and the red bean cakes. Rain or Shine: It’s new! It’s shiny! It’s the best ice cream in Vancouver! (Fight us, Earnest.) If this is your first year at UBC, you’re in luck, because frozen treats have not been this campus’ forte for some time now. Pizza Garden: Most people will tell you Mercante is the best pizza on campus. They’re wrong. Pizza Garden is a cheap, OG shop in the village that consistently delivers really good, thin crust, nononsense pies. Mercante looks beautiful and tastes like a mix between wet cardboard and nothing. Uppercase (was Blue Chip): Still the best cookie on campus.




What to do On Campus From bonfires at Wreck Beach to Wednesday Pit Nights, there will always be something happening on campus to draw you away from your textbooks.

green environments where you can observe nature, and think about things, while the Rose Garden is a fabulous place to get your new profile picture.

If you want to be outdoors, UBC’s Wreck Beach and Tower Beach are an excellent places to relax and hang out with some friends. The Nitobe Memorial Garden and UBC Botanical Garden are lush

When it rains, The Museum of Anthropology, Pacific Museum of Earth and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum are great places to learn and have interesting dates for free.

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The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Hatch Gallery are great places to ponder beauty or just admire some art. All of UBC’s performance centres and theatres, such as the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, The Frederic Wood Theatre and UBC’s School of Music auditoriums and performance halls are astounding places to enjoy the arts. Performances include dancing, acting and musical recitals.

The Panel Says: “Go to the Anthropology Museum! It’s free for students! Freeeeee. Need I say more? I waited too long to go, and really regret that I didn’t go more often earlier on in my degree. It’s also a really great place to get some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of campus in the semester. Need to unwind and not think too hard for a bit? It’s great for that. Thirsty for some knowledge? They have great tours. Man, now I want to go again.” - Nina Payne

You may also catch musicians and sports teams playing in the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.


On the other hand, if you enjoy taking part in physical activities, the UBC Aquatic Centre is a world class swimming pool. Other facilities include the multitude of gyms and track fields on campus that will help you keep fit. Pacific Spirit Park and the edges of campus are also great locations for scenic jogs. And finally, the University Golf Club will make sure you keep your swing in check.

“While you are a student you get free entry to a number of places which are quite beautiful. I would highly recommend a visit to Nitobe Gardens and the Botanical Gardens.” - Rohit Chandel

“Pokemon Go!!!! Also biking around Pacific Spirit Park, and just catching some sun on Wreck Beach (for those of you brave enough). Also, pick up basketball and tennis on campus has been a staple of my life.” - Varoon Mathur





Where to Day-Drink Outside Wreck Beach

Close to campus, beautiful and with plenty of space to go around, Wreck is perfect for watching the sunset, enjoying a bonfire and taking completely legal substances. Beware though! This is a nude beach and has an unfortunately large group of old men who make eye contact way too often.

Spanish Banks/Jericho Beach Park This long stretch of shore running along West Point and Kitsilano has great views of the mountains and the city. It can be a bit overcrowded but watching a paddleboarder fall over is more entertaining than television and well worth the trip. Bring a bike if possible because the busses are a long way off.

Kitsilano Beach Park Crowded but close to restaurants and transit, Kits Beach gives you great views with a more urban feel. The salt water pool is a fun time and The Local makes a decent burger. Take the 4 to Macdonald St. and then the 2 to get there by bus, but biking is faster.

Sunset Beach Park It’s where 4:20 has been the last two years and is close to downtown. Beyond that, it isn’t really worth the hour-long bus ride.





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The UBC campus is big. Vancouver is rainy. Add 60,000 people running around at noon and it’s nothing less than a spectacle. But there are a few things you can do to make your time here go a little smoother.

Bike: Not an essential but stupidly helpful. When you have 10 minutes to get from one end of campus to the other for classes, a bike can save your butt — just make sure you get a good lock.


A rain jacket and boots: With the introduction of UmbraCity, the umbrella sharing program, your immediate need for an umbrella of your own on campus has disappeared. Make sure you still have boots so you don’t end up with wet feet.

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Varsity Sports Though varsity sports are still growing in popularity on campus, they are a great way to spend an evening with friends and hang out with the die-hard sports fans on campus. UBC Athletics has also been upping their game on overall varsity hype, so don’t be surprised if there is a t-shirt launcher or half-time fan activities at the games. What’s more, UBC has some of the best teams in the country in its midst, including: Women’s field hockey: six-time reigning national champions Women’s soccer: USport silver medalist last season Men’s track: NAIA reigning champions Men’s and women’s volleyball: 4th place and 1st place at the 2016/17 USport championships respectively


Teams not to miss out on: volleyball, basketball, football and soccer. If you are looking for game hype, check out volleyball and basketball for sure — guaranteed great crowd at those games. And, of course, the big games for all Thunderbirds: Homecoming (football), the Winter Classic (hockey), and Courtside (basketball). Get your tickets, and join T-Birds’ nation to watch the games.

“UBC Thunderbirds Basketball! I’ve been following and going to games most of my life. When the right teams come to play, the atmosphere is super awesome and it’s just a great time to be with friends even if you have no idea about basketball as a sport!” - Varoon Mathur

Recreational Sports Hit up team sports at UBC Rec Intramurals: UBC Rec puts on intramural leagues each term ranging from soccer to dodgeball to volleyball. Make a team with your floor, your friends, your classmates, or sign up as an individual and dive right in to meeting some new people! If anything, it’s a chance to get an entertaining team jersey.

Hit the yoga mat: A stereotypical Vancouverite pastime: yoga. There is a lot of it around campus, from the UBC Yoga Club to UBC Recreations’ Mind & Body Program held in the Ponderosa Commons Studio (unlimited yoga & pilates passes now available) to The Hot Box Yoga in Wesbrook Village.

Hit the pool at the Aquatic Centre: The UBC Aquatic Centre just reopened its doors and it’s all shiny and new. They have a drop-in schedule, but also offer fitness classes including swim fit, aqua zumba and a springboard diving class.

Hit the gym: For those hoping to keep to their own workout routines, head to the gym in your residence or visit the BirdCoop for a communal gym experience. Weights and treadmills are all included. There are off-campus gyms that might be better, but the BirdCoop is the cheapest option. Hit up clubs on campus: Hoping to try something new while at UBC? Check out the various clubs on campus for a plethora of options including: ballroom dancing, surfing, running, rock climbing and sailing. Scope them out on Facebook or visit AMS Clubhouse online to see what UBC has going on recreation wise.



Who are we? The Student Legal Fund Society was founded to support litigation, advocacy, and lobbying for improved education and access to education at UBC, and other matters of law that set broad precedent and are of concern to UBC students.

Case Funding The Litigation Committee of the SLFS reviews every funding application they receive each academic year. Applications for funding can be found and submitted for student led litigation, advocacy and lobbying via our website

Lawyer Referral Subsidy

Tenancy Dispute Subsidy

The SLFS is pleased to provide a subsidy of $25 to all registered UBC students as a first step towards receiving professional advice to settle your legal problems. This subsidy is on a refund basis.

The Residential Tenancy Branch is there to help you solve any Tenancy issues associated with your unit, landlord, lease agreement, etc.The SLFS is pleased to provide a subsidy in the full amount of the application fee.This subsidy is on a refund basis. Limit of one subsidy per member per academic year.

Workshops Know Your Civil Rights The SLFS is pleased to offer an interactive and engaging workshop by David Eby, a member of our BC Democratic Party MLA for Vancouver. This workshop is held every academic year and is aimed at educating students about police and arrest, in addition to their individual legal civil rights in B.C.

Know Your Tenancy Rights Our Know Your Tenancy Rights workshop is held every academic year and is designed to guide first time renters in B.C through the rental housing process. This workshop will help students identify their rental needs, in addition to understanding their individual rights and responsibilities as a renter.

Consultation We are working hard to ensure that the SLFS is as accessible and transparent as possible. Our offices are located in the new AMS Student Nest, Room 3123, and we would be pleased to sit down with you and discuss your situation either by appointment, or at one of our office hours as posted on our website.

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Resource Groups Life gets tough sometimes, but you’re never alone. These AMS-run resource groups are on-campus resources available for anyone who needs them.

Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC): They offer crisis and shortterm emotional support to sexual assault survivors, legal, medical, and campusrelated advocacy, and many other educational resources and services.

The Wellness Centre: A space where you can talk to a trained peer about mental wellbeing, health, stress management, and sleeping better, among other things. They are open on a drop-in basis and can help refer you to the resources you need.

Pride Collective: Offering educational and social services that deal with sexual and gender diversity at UBC, Pride is available for all UBC students, staff and faculty.

Speakeasy: They offer free, confidential peer support with no judgement. They are committed to raising awareness about mental health issues and the stigma surrounding it, and have a campus outreach team in addition to their peer support volunteers.

The Women’s Centre: They support all womenidentifying UBC students and offer resources such as free pregnancy tests and sanitary products, safer sex products, a library of feminist literature and brochures about resources. They also hold events such as self defence workshops, film screenings and panel discussions throughout the school year.


Colour Connected: They provide a space for students who feel alienated and disempowered due to discrimination. They provide both support for racialized peoples and information for the wider community.

Essential Apps



Google Drive: No one likes group projects so make them a bit less annoying by having everything organized on Google Drive. More importantly, you can see who has contributed what so the slackers can’t hide. It’s also a great way to share large items without having to go through the trouble of emailing them.

Transit App: Because parking is annoying and expensive, you will most likely have to take public transportation or car2go. The Transit App will show you the approximate travel time for multiple options, the wait time until the next arrival and even advice on the best route to take, amongst other things.

Spotify: Music is great to to get you through all those commutes and walks between class and Spotify is the perfect solution. In particular, it is full of funky weekly updated music playlists that keep your music taste fresh and your ears happy. Also make sure to explore its word section — it’s a hidden gem.

Mint: Since those Domino orders and daily Starbucks drinks can add up quickly, stay on top of your expenses with Mint. You can also schedule your bill payments so you won’t stress during midterm or final season. If you are an actual functional adult, you can also keep track of your credit score here.




Resume & Cover Letter One page? Two? What do you include? Is your high school average a good thing to write down? Welcome to the slightly stressful joy of updating — or making! — your resume. Even if you don’t want or need a job while at UBC, it’s important to keep a good resume on file. Scholarship applications will sometimes ask for one and if you ever apply for an internship or job, you’ll be thankful you already have one in the works. UBC is a place with a lot going on, so keep your resume updated — at least once a semester is best, once a year is required. Bare minimum, make sure you have included your university program of study and your new address if you have moved and have a friend read it over to check for spelling errors. Spelling and grammatical errors are the easiest way to guarantee you won’t get the job. Well, that and having a five page resume.


Worried you don’t have enough relevant experience to fill one page? Visit your faculty career coach or the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers to speak with an advisor. They will be able to help you present your experience in a way that’s relevant to your goals and will you give advice on a format that will get your application noticed. Make sure your resume reflects your career goals. If you’re applying for a customer service job, play up your conflict resolution and communication skills. If you’re applying for a job in the creative field, make sure it looks good and it’s not just words on a page. A cover letter is the place to show your personality, but that doesn’t mean that your resume has to be devoid of character.

Fantastic Jobs And How To Find Them


There are many different jobs on campus that are school-related, volunteer based or extracurricular related. Take a look below for four popular opportunities:

1. Check out the AMS employment page and UBC Careers. 2. Keep an eye out for openings to be a note-taker for your classes. 3. Browse your departments website for possible internships 4. Pop into a restaurant or café and drop off your resumé and a smile. Even if you don’t need a job, getting part-time work looks great on your resume, makes you some money and gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people you may not have gotten the chance to otherwise.

The Panel Says: “Be willing to be flexible, yet open to any job offers. Most jobs through UBC’s WorkLearn offer reasonable hours for the average student and part-time jobs off campus are usually pretty accommodating to students.” - Ervin Wong

“Check out Student Services for all sorts of on campus opportunities and consider volunteering in a Prof’s lab if you’re looking for future research opportunities.” - Deborah Buszard


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Find The Ubyssey office Write for The Ubyssey Drink with The Ubyssey Make Tristan do all the dumbest things your creative brains can come up with (and 98 more) Buy Honour Roll Sushi and suffer dearly for your foolish mistake Get puked on at Pit Night Wait two hours to be served a burger at the Gallery 2.0 Procrastinate your way through an all-nighter by binging shows on Netflix Pull a second all-nighter and make all of the same mistakes over again Drink so much Red Bull that you see everything in shades of red and can only hear the thundering of your racing heart while trying to write a Stats exam Burn all of your notes at Wreck Beach Realize that you actually needed some of those notes and drink away your sorrows while drowning in tears of despair Find several wiry black hairs in your cafeteria food Start resenting the system Read The Communist Manifesto then start drinking absinthe and talking about the proletariat like a pretentious fucker Get literally bitten by a Sauder snake Do Day of the Longboat Do the Undie Run Do Storm the Wall with friends Do Strom the Wall, Ironperson style Come to loathe the frantic clicking of someone’s mouse as they play LoL while you try to study Blow all of your money on car2go Paint the cairn (Physical Cairn) Paint the Cairn (AMS President) Lose your Compass card Lose your keys Lose your wallet

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Lose yourself Reinvent yourself Re-reinvent yourself Realize reinventing yourself is a lot of work and go back to original you Take one intro class about something and pretend you’re an expert for the next four years Spend an hour staring longingly at the campus doggos Wonder why you don’t have a dog Pet Charlie the golden retriever as he wanders by you Look up dog-friendly apartments in Vancouver Cry over the Vancouver housing market Submit a screenshot of an unfortunate Tinder conversation to fuckboysofubc (a gender-neutral platform to showcase fuckery) Be the fuckperson whose messages are posted to fuckboysofubc Suggest visiting MOA to all of your family and friends who come into town Actually go to MOA Sit in the Nitobe Memorial Garden without taking a single picture Catch two people hooking up in the Nitobe Memorial Garden Hook up in the Nitobe Memorial Garden Find the UBC Farm Join an extracurricular, do nothing all year and put it on your resume anyways Spend an entire week on campus and temporarily forget there’s a city out there Cross Burrard every day for a week and remember all the things you can miss stuck out on the Point Go to the 24 hour McDonald’s in the Village 24 times, once during every hour of the day Convince yourself it doesn’t snow in Vancouver and that you don’t need a warm jacket Wake-up to snow outside your window and nothing but a fall jacket in your closet Take a snow day for yourself even though you live on campus

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University is a great time to expand your social circle and find some people who are into the same kind of weird stuff as you. A lot of people tend to make friends exclusively within their residence halls, but you shouldn’t let that limit you.

CLUBS TO JOIN Getting involved with clubs at UBC is one of the best ways to meet cool people and pursue your passions. There are hundreds of clubs on campus, but the whole world doesn’t live on campus. There are clubs that aren’t run by UBC that might interest you. Check out sports league, quiz nights, whatever catches your fancy!

ACTIVITIES TO DO There’s an abundance of rec leagues on campus (dodgeball anyone?) to get involved with. Be sure to sign up for Storm the Wall and Day of the Longboat and tick off these events from your UBC bucket list. The AMS’s annual Block Party is a guaranteed banger and the best way to celebrate the end of the school year.

PLACES TO GO From Pit Nights to theatre productions, UBC always has something to do. Check out our new Aquatic Centre and the Nest’s Climbing Wall for a little adrenaline or learn a thing or two from our very own Museum of Anthropology or Beaty Museum – they’re both free for students!





Whether you are going to be cramming your body onto the 14, 25, 480 or 99 B-Line on a daily basis, it is best if you know how to take public transit without making everyone else mad at you first thing in the morning.

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Here are some general etiquette rules to follow: Move to the back of the bus: There is nothing more annoying than watching the third bus in a row pass you on a rainy day when you can see a ton of space in the back of the bus. Move to the back of the bus. Sure, you might have to stand in a different area than your friend or you might have to balance on a step, but it saves people waiting for your bus from getting poured on for another 10 minutes.


Don’t flirt with people on the bus: Like dear god, please do not. We can’t move away, so don’t make the whole close proximity thing any more uncomfortable than it has to be. In the chance that the person you are flirting with turns you down (which is what will almost certainly happen because public transit isn’t exactly a romantic environment), do you really want to sit next to them in awkward silence for the next 30 minutes? No, you don’t.

Take off your backpack: Your backpack takes up space if it’s on your back. People could take up that space instead (and not be waiting in the rain). Also, nobody wants to get hit in the face by your backpack for 30 minutes. Just take it off like everyone else. Take your backpack off the seat: The seat is not where your backpack goes. Put it on your goddamn lap like a regular well-adjusted human. Similarly, don’t put your feet on a seat when others are standing. Just don’t. This shouldn’t even need to be explained. Headphones: This one shouldn’t have to explained either but some people are terrible so here it goes. Headphones. Use them. No one cares how good you think your taste in music is. No one wants to hear your bad EDM at seven in the morning even if you are a part time DJ. The bus does not need that. Let us all be grumpy and crowded in peace.

Important Routes 99 B-Line: Your go-to bus route along Broadway. It’s the express bus that goes from UBC to the Commercial -Broadway Skytrain station, with a stop at Broadway-City Hall’s Canada Line station. Seriously, learn the route, love the route. 4 Powell/UBC: The bus goes along 4th Ave, but heads downtown. It has more stops along the way so it’s not the fastest route, but one to know nonetheless. 14 Hastings/UBC: Another UBC-Downtown bus route, but this follows Broadway until Granville.


84 UBC/VCC Station: This express bus is basically a less often 99 that goes along 4th. It makes a stop at Olympic Village (Canada Line station) and ends at VCC-Clark (Millennium Line station). Canada Line: The Waterfront (downtown) to YVR (airport) or Richmond - Brighouse train goes somewhat along Cambie and is something you should be familiar with. Expo and Millennium Lines: Not quite the Canada line, but they service the rest of the Lower Mainland, including Surrey and Coquitlam.


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Welcome to campus. If you have watched any shitty college movie, you’re sure to know few stereotypes: tons of drinking, frat parties and stressful exams. Am I missing any? Oh yes. All that sex. Don’t worry about it through. Despite what you might think, university isn’t just one giant orgy. Whether you have had a hundred partners or none at all, whether university is going to be a huge sexual adventure or whether you’re waiting for a special someone, here are a few pointers that everyone should know.


Forget what you thought you knew: High school sex-ed is a complete clusterfuck when it comes to preparing you for sex and love. First year of university is the time to unlearn the stupid genderspecific things you’ve been taught and figure out how to have a fun and respectful love life. Which is great, because everyone around you is still exploring, still setting up their definitions of casual hook-ups, meaningful connections and everything in between.


Don’t make assumptions: A kiss on the first date doesn’t mean love. Waiting to have sex doesn’t necessarily lead to a long-term commitment. Sex on the first date (or meeting) doesn’t mean anything other than hopefully you’re having a good time. The only person who can tell you what they want in a relationship is the person themself.



Consent: This is the big one. An enthusiastic yes is absolutely necessary for consensual sex. No means no, regardless of what tone is used. Consent is impossible to obtain if someone is drunk (duh, have you tried doing anything except falling over when wasted??) — so keep your sex sober.


Birth Control: Regardless of your gender, you should be prepared with some form of birth control: condoms, the pill or IUDs are a few options. Remember, while some birth control (like condoms) can also help protect you from STIs, some (like the pill) offer no protection from STIs.


STIs: Shit happens. Make sure that you regularly get yourself tested for STIs and STDs. Don’t be afraid to ask the same of your partner(s)!

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Don’t forget why we’re at UBC: All work and no flirting makes Jack a dull boy, true. Still, don’t let emotional commitments get in the way of academics. Especially because you’ve dropped some serious $$ to be here.


Communicate: Shocker: talking to your partner(s) make you a better lover. Talk to your partner and make sure that both your needs and wants are being met. There’s always room for improvement.




The Freshman Fifteen The Freshman 15 is neither unavoidable nor an urban legend. A number of things will happen to you this year and one of them might be gaining 15 pounds. As we enter university our metabolisms slow down, we


may be exercising less and we often are relying on the dining hall to keep us fed. Usually there’s a higher amount of alcohol in our diet — changes that can cause us to gain weight without even realizing it.

53 The most important thing is balancing your diet and portions. Listen to your body when you feel full and make sure you’re packing protein and fibre in every meal to stay satisfied for longer. Having healthy snacks (like hummus and pita chips) around for studying and limiting alcohol consumption can also have a huge impact on your health during university. If you are feeling heavier than you would like, thankfully UBC is basically bursting at the

seams with opportunities to get your body moving. UBC Rec runs both team sports and group classes year round. If organized sports aren’t your thing, there are over a hundred AMS club that can get your body moving, from boxing and quidditch to skydiving and underwater hockey. And if you do leave your first year a pound or ten heavier, also know that that’s not the end of the world either.

The Panel Says: “I cannot stress this enough. DON’T STRESS EAT. It can be so easy to just reach for that bag of chips when you have a deadline on that paper, but for the love of god, buy some grapes or something. At least then you’re getting in your fruit for the day while you suffer. Trust me, your waistline will thank you for the investment.” - Nina Payne “AVOID RES FOOD. No, but seriously, having a lot of the treats at the res cafeterias can lead to that freshman 15 really quick. Opt for some of the healthier options and look at the different cafeterias at different residences. Some exercise never hurts as well (but if you’re like me, it’s gonna be hard to get that lazy ass to run once in a while).” - Ervin Wong


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Welcome to the fabled on-campus housing. It’s going to be a great time, but looking around your hopefully-not-too-tiny room, it might not feel like home yet. Your dorm room will be the place you study and sleep and everything in between for the next eight months and it’s about 12x9 feet so it’s essential that you make it feel homey.

1 2 3 4 5 Get a fan: These little rooms get stuffy really fast, especially if you can’t sleep with the window open. Buy an area rug: Your bare feet will thank you in the morning.

Invest in storage units: Specifically ones that fit under your bed. Store jackets, shoes and anything else that won’t fit in your closet. Find a mini-fridge: Not an essential, but an added bonus to keep treats and drinks when the cafeteria is closed.


Scout for plants: Even if it’s just a cactus, try to keep something alive, since it will add a little colour to your room. Residences sometimes put on events that give out free plants so keep an eye out.

The Panel Says: “I found all of my best friends through activities on campus. University is the place where you make lifelong friends, because you meet people with similar interests as you, instead of being forced into a group of people who you clearly don’t belong with.” - Daniel Lam

Wherefore Art Thou Roomie?


So here’s the deal: you are never going to truly know what it is like to live with someone before you live with them. You may be best friends, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be best roommates. Sure, actually liking the other person is always a plus, but there are some things you should consider before signing on the dotted line. Living Habits: Your roommate’s living habits and cleanliness are going to have the biggest impact on your life, not the fact that they’re an Arts kid and you’re in Science. Mutual interests? You can find those with time, but you should probably know if your potential roomie smokes indoors.

Communication: Will you be able to tell them to clean the dishes they left in the sink? Will they be straight up when you have your music too loud, or will they leave passive aggressive post-its on the kitchen cupboards? Try to pick a roomie you feel comfortable talking to. Ability to Give Space: Room with someone who you get along with, but keep in mind that living with friends can be risky – it doesn’t work for everyone. The ability to give each other space is key! It can be nice to have similar interests as your roommate, but you can also bond with someone by sharing new experiences. Fun Extras: We’re not talking about their blender, unfortunately. Make sure you know in advance if there’s a dog or cat or significant other that might be moving in with your roommate. More is not always merrier.





No one said university was cheap – and if they did, they were definitely making a bad joke. Saving money is one of the biggest challenges in life, not just at university. The best financial tip is simply to budget your cash. At the beginning of each school year, make a plan decide how much you can spend. Include things like any income from jobs or student loans. Break it down by month and then by week. If

you’re just begining to budget, try tracking what you spend now. If your budget is $50 a week, try to save at least $10 because you’ll end up saving $40 at the end of the month. At the end of eight months, that’s $320 saved. Here are a few other tips for how to save some cash while cashing in on all the fun things you’ll get up to this year.

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Invest in a travel mug: Hey coffee and tea drinkers! Save yourself some cash and make your coffee at home. If you get one tall coffee at Starbucks every day, that’s $2 five days a week and your $10 that could have been saved is out the window!


Cut the snacks out: The same goes for food on campus — yeah it may be convenient to get an extra ten minutes of sleep in the morning, but throw a sandwich, granola bar and an apple in your bag and you’ll be saving heaps in no time. Nearly everything on campus is over-priced. Nothing is worse than finding out you’re broke because you spent all your cash on chips from Shoppers.


Meal prep: If you’re on campus more than you’re not (I’m looking at you, Ubyssey editors — you can’t rely on Chef’s Corner forever) meal preparation can save your wallet. Once a week, plan out your meals. Make a huge batch of lasagna and freeze each piece separately. Then you can just grab your lunch on your way out the door.



Download a budget app: Mint is our go-to for tracking where your money is going, but others include BillGuard, You Need a Budget, Adaptu and GoodBudget. Some of these you can link your cards to the app so you don’t have to put in every card purchase while others record only the purchases you want to. Find one that suits you and go from there.


Cut back on the booze: Alcohol is expensive. Clubs and bars are even worse. If you’re seriously low on cash, your weekly tequila should be the first thing to go. If you can’t bear the thought of cutting down, make sure you’re buying your own alcohol and making your own drinks. Going out will cost you way more.


Dump the new textbooks: Check to see if you even need the textbooks before you buy, and even then see if you can get your textbooks cheaper (or free) in these four places before you buy new: the library (the stacks aren’t just for making out in), the internet, Facebook buy/sell groups and Discount Textbooks in the University Village.




Home Cooking Tips The Panel Says: “For those of you who have access to a kitchen, cook! Not only will you impress your future date but also save quite a lot of money. Also keep a look out for student discounts and promotions that can save you those valuable $$$.” - Rohit Chandel


If you’re moving away from home – either into residence or off-campus, there’s going to be a big change in your life. We’re talking about the food. You might be thinking “I cooked at home! I don’t need any help!” Well sweet summer child, you’re in for a treat... metaphorically. Even if you’ve cooked at home, did you do all of the grocery shopping? Can you remember what goes into pancakes? It’s fine, learning to feed yourself is part of growing up. You should cook yummy food for yourself and your roomies because you genuinely want to, and feel interested in doing so, not because you feel guilted into it by Buzzfeed tutorials or want to shitpost on insta. Ultimately, you’ll end up doing the things that bring you more joy – so what are some tips for putting down that cereal bowl and picking up a cast-iron pan?

Kitchenware: Less is more. Or rather, fewer dishes, more time not doing dishes. Get cast-iron pots and pans (even an old one from a thrift store will do), one new non-stick stock pot (a cheap one from Amazon is totally ok), and two wooden stirring spoons. Use the cast iron for stuff that doesn’t stick too badly, like stir-fried veggies, and for baking. Use the non-stick pan for stuff that sticks, like scrambled eggs, and for all other stove-top tasks.


Flavour: Salt, pepper and a bunch of pre-made/ canned sauces are the easiest ways to make a meal. Stock up! Every grocery store has salsa, teriyaki sauce, curry bases and marinara. Three grocery items: Keep three things stocked at all times: frozen pre-cut veggies, eggs and a carb of your choice (rice, bread, pasta, naan, tortillas, etc). Pick up some fruits and cheese if you’re feeling fancy. Use what you have: If you’ve done all the above, you’re set to make an amazing meal. Stir-fry some veggies with eggs, or roast them in the cast iron. Mix in a sauce, and serve it with a carb on the side. Ask for help: Cooking together is fun! Make your cupboard available to other people who know what they’re doing, and watch what they do. Make a date of it or call a loved one on the phone (so 90s but still, just do it) so they can walk you through a family recipe. And as always, a quick Google search never hurts.

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Sure, it’s UBC you came for, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop at Pacific Spirit Park. We’re in Vancouver, one of the best cities in the world, and there’s a ton of adventure waiting for you. The next few pages will show the best that Vancouver has to offer!

The City of Vancouver





Vancouver Neighbourhoods Kitsilano: Home to a vast array of yoga studios, local coffee shops, pop up shops, health food stores and some of the best restaurants to ‘be seen’ in Vancouver.

Kerrisdale: Kitsilano’s older sibling, it’s a great place to discover coffee shops for studying, including Honolulu Coffee and Butter Baked Goods.

Commercial Drive: This stretch of East Van is probably the best way to spend an afternoon if you’re into live music and awesome food – especially Italian.

Main Street: A street on the rise, Main is now a haven for hipsters – and everyone else. It’s a thriving arts and culture street and it’s definitely worth the bus ride out!

Downtown: Downtown has its own neighbourhoods that each are special in their own ways, including the West End, Granville Street, Stanley Park and Gastown.

The West End: This is where Davie Street is – the LGBTQ centre of Vancouver, which houses some of the best bars, cafes, restaurants and shops in Vancity.

Stanley Park: Only the best park in the city where you can bike, rollerblade, suntan or tourist the day away. It sports a ton of the city’s attractions including the aquarium.

Gastown: Old town Vancouver meets tourist development. Check out the donut joints, brunch hot spots, bookshops, and awesome coffee shops.

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Vancouver Attractions


Vancouver Aquarium: Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is a great stop on both a sunny and rainy day. Though facing some tough press recently, the aquarium is home to over 50,000 critters for you to swoon or squeal over. Grouse Mountain: A few busses away from Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is an all-season destination. In the summer, hike the Grind or head up the mountain to catch a lumberjack show and zipline through the forest. In the winter, hit the slopes and skate on an outdoor ice rink. Capilano Suspension Bridge: Grouse Mountain’s North Vancouver cousin, Capilano Suspension Bridge is again worth the trip in sun or snow – just maybe not the rain. Take a daring trip along the side of Capilano River on the Cliff Walk or head deep in to the evergreens with Treetop Adventures, while of course taking the daunting trip across the Suspension Bridge itself. Vancouver Art Gallery: A good spot for a rainy day activity, the Vancouver Art Gallery is home to some of the most famous Canadian works, including those of Emily Carr. It also has constantly changing exhibits by some of the greats; currently, see works by Claude Monet, Elad Lassry and Stephen Shore.

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Get Some Sun Don’t feel like you have to stay inside city limits to have a good time. Vancouver is in a perfect location to fully explore the outdoors. From easy trails to hour-long hikes, the Lower Mainland has a ton of trails waiting for you.

North Vancouver has its own charms and shouldn’t be brushed aside. As for hikes? It’s a massive goldmine. Get some friends together and head north!


Quarry Rock (Deep Cove): Difficulty: Easy Time: 1.5 hours Public Transit: Yes

Goat Mountain (Grouse Mountain): Difficulty: Medium Time: 4 hours Public Transit: Yes

Thunderbird Ridge (Grouse Mountain): Difficulty: Easy Time: 2.5 hours Public Transit: Yes

Norvan Falls (Lynn Canyon): Difficulty: Medium Time: 5 hours Public Transit: Yes

Lynn Loop (Lynn Canyon): Difficulty: Easy Time: 1.5 hours Public Transit: Yes

Lynn Peak (Lynn Canyon): Difficulty: Medium Time: 4 hours Public Transit: Yes

Dog Mountain (Mt. Seymour): Difficulty: Easy Time: 2 hours Public Transit: No

Grouse Grind (Grouse Mountain): Difficulty: Hard Time: 1.5 hours Public Transit: Yes


But the rest of the province should not be forgotten. Here are some more hikes that might take a little more effort to get to, but are still worth it! Hollyburn Mountain (Cypress): Difficulty: Medium Time: 3.5 hours Public Transit: No Cypress Falls (Cypress): Difficulty: Medium Time: 1.5 hours Public Transit: Yes Eagle Bluffs (Cypress): Difficulty: Medium Time: 4 hours Public Transit: No St Mark’s Summit (Cypress): Difficulty: Medium Time: 5 hours Public Transit: No

Garibaldi Lake (Whistler): Difficulty: Medium Time: 3 hours Public Transit: No Stawamus Chief (Squamish): Difficulty: Medium Time: 3 hours Public Transit: No Lions Binkert Trail (Lions Bay): Difficulty: Hard Time: 8 hours Public Transit: No Golden Ears Trail (Maple Ridge): Difficulty: Hard Time: 10 hours Public Transit: No




Foodie Hotspots There are a billion and one foodie destinations in this city, so don’t yell at us for leaving out your favourite one. Fair warning: some of these are cheap but some are not! Check the menu before you go.

Sal y Limón:

The best tacos in Vancouver, hands-down. Also, the best horchata (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). This place has a solid variety of Mexican eats, and it gets packed on the weekends. Try the carne asada if you’d like to taste God.

Bon Cafe:

Snuggled right next to the more-award-winning Au Petit, Bon is arguably the better Vietnamese restaurant of the two. It’s a very unassuming joint, and the pho is very good, but the real beauty lies in its spring rolls. These things are crispy, greasy and immensely satisfying.


Peaceful Restaurant:

Chinese shaved noodles that might blow your mind. Make sure your water cup is full – everything here is packed with flavour and salt (in a good way). The beef rolls are to die for. Also, Guy Fieri once went there! No, wait, I swear it’s good.

Long’s Noodle House:

This is actually right next to Bon Cafe. This might be the best Chinese snack bar in the city and fair warning, it gets cozy. You’ll have to share a table with some randoms if you go at a normal time, but it’s worth it. The xiaolongbao are nuts, as are the dandan noodles.


Looking for Japanese food that isn’t sushi? Guu’s the way to go. Snacking and sharing are encouraged and if you go with a group it’s a hell of a time. The tuna tataki is beautiful.

“The Green Lettuce: Dai Ching Chicken. Family favorite for years, not even a debate.” - Varoon Mathur


Ramen Danbo:

There are a ton of incredible ramen places packed into the West End, but this one edges out the rest. Nothing warms your soul better than a hot bowl of ramen on a rainy day. Plus, the gyoza is awesome.

Burdock and Co.:

This place does a share-plate style thing, but it’s focused on Pacific Northwest cuisine. Think: weird flowers and noodles you’ve never really experienced before. The other thing is it’s all really good. Strangely enough, it might actually have the best fried chicken in the world.

Absinthe Bistro:

Looking for amazing French food? Absinthe should be your first and only stop. The last time our Design Editor ate there, she ate so much she thought she would vomit and still wanted more.




Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Alcohol can make your night either one of the best of your life or the worst. For some reason, a lot of us keep going back for more. While an almost surprising amount of students at UBC don’t drink for various reasons, there are a lot who do. Here are our tips to get through the year – and your degree – without a criminal record and a series of bad decisions.


Drink responsibly: There is no prize for “drunkest houseguest” and if there was it would be getting booted from the party. Most people end up on both sides of drunk parenting. Generally, neither are fun. You can drink without ending up head first in a toliet.


Be smart: Don’t drink alone with people you don’t know. Don’t take drinks from people you don’t trust. Dump any and all drinks you haven’t been watching. It sounds silly, but it’s way easier to order a new drink than take the risk.


The money: Know just how much cash you’re willing to spend and don’t overspend.


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Don’t emotionally drink: Other than the fact that no one likes a crying person at their party, reliance on alcohol to deal with your feelings is a slippery slope. BYOB: Don’t show up to a party empty handed and expect to get drunk. Hell, don’t expect to get any drinks. If it’s your mouth doing the drinking, it’s your wallet that does the buying.

Get your drunk ass home: If you weren’t invited to sleep over before, don’t expect a place to crash. Night buses, cabs and walking are all options, just make sure you do it safely.

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Are you legal? (19 in BC) No


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Do you have a fake ID?

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Why are you drinking?

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Dranks: Continued One intro class you didn’t know you needed: DRNK 100: Introduction to Putting Alcohol in Things That Aren’t More Alcohol. Here’s a few ideas for how to make your hard liquor slightly less nasty. If you’re legal of course. The Classics: One shot alcohol into a glass of fruit juice.

Jello Shots: A classic, but a classic for a reason. • • •

1 box jello powder 1 cup boiling water 1 cup alcohol

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Dissolve jello powder in water, then add alcohol. Pour into shot glasses and chill. Vodka Slush: We’re not saying that this is how we made it through first year, but it’s without a doubt the smoothest way to drink cheap vodka.

Screwdriver (Orange Juice and Vodka) Vodka Cran Mimosa (equal parts orange juice and champagne)

1 slushie from 7/11 or maybe, Hubbards or Madga’s • 1 or 2 shots vodka That’s it. Cheap vodka and slush, enjoy!

The Panel Says:


“As a student I would have said any time [is the best time to party]! Now I would recommend saving serious partying until the end of the exams.” - Deborah Buszard

White Wine Sangria: If you have a bit more time to prep, a Sangria is worth it. • • •

1 bottle white wine 2/3 cup white sugar 1-2 lemon or lime (optional)

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3 fresh cut fruits (apples, oranges, etc) 2 cups ginger ale or club soda

Mix all but the ginger ale/club soda pitcher and chill overnight. Add soda before serving.

Hemingway’s Lemonade: This drink isn’t just for English majors; it’s for all the fun people out there. Nutella Vodka Milkshake (for 2): A Ubyssey classic. The best way for lactose intolerance people to piss off their buddies as much as they can. • • • •


1/3 cup of Nutella 3/4 cup of milk 3 1/2 cups of vanilla icecream 5 oz of vodka

Mix in blender and enjoy!

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A slash of whiskey Lemonade

That’s it. It’s just a really good lemonade.

Tom Collins: It’s a drink that you know the name of and think a dad would drink so that makes it cool, right? RIGHT? • • • •

2 oz gin 1 oz lemon juice 1 tsp sugar (the finer the better) Chilled club soda

Mix together gin, lemon, sugar and ice in a glass and pour soda to the top.

“When in doubt, drink another glass of water. Your liver (although made of amazingness that saves us with most stupid drinking decisions) likes a moment or two of reprieve every once in a awhile. Oh, and plan your bus route home in advance cause boy, does that save you a few panic attacks at 1 a.m. ” - Nina Payne


Party Hard



Marijuana: Weed is by far one of the safest drugs that you can try. It’s not addictive and an “overdose” will just be some really intense hunger and existential adventures. Vancouver is known for its liberal attitude towards weed, but that still doesn’t mean you can be dumb about it. Be sure that your source is a reliable and trustworthy one.

Cocaine: Stay the hell away. Cocaine might make you feel like a god for a little bit, but the risks and long-term effects that it can have on the body make it a big gamble. Inevitably you’ll seem like an asshole to your sober friends and the comedown the next day will make you wish you were dead. Plus it gets real expensive, real fast.

Adderall: Some of you will try study drugs at some point. They can get you out of an academic bind and you’ll feel like a genius as pages and pages of essays flow out of you with ease. But if you don’t have a learning disability this drug will probably ruin your life. Your degree won’t be worth much in rehab.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are an eight hour trip in which everything is beautiful and you feel amazing. When it wears off you have no hangover or comedown and the negative effects are almost nonexistent. Nature is the best place for this but be sure that you are with people you feel safe with.

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...but party smart. We’re not endorsing any of these, but we all know it’s safer to know what you’re getting into before you get in too deep.

“Find your squad. Party with those you trust and care about. Times are more fun if you all take one more shot past where you should have stopped. Regrets are less painful if you have someone pushing cups of water at you. And comraderie only grows as your friend apologizes for the previous night when they could only speak in French.” - Maria Sottile

ACID: Set aside a full day for this one. Acid takes your mind and body for a ride that will break you down to nothing and force you to rebuild yourself. It’s an experience that’s not for the faint of heart and should be carefully planned out, but is well worth it if you’re looking for some good self-discovery. MDMA/Ecstasy: You will feel amazingly happy and lose all sense of worry, but this drug is highly addictive and can destroy your wellbeing and relationships. Be aware of who you’re buying from because many tablets contain little to no MDMA and can contain something else entirely.

Fentanyl: Speaking of harmful additions, fentanyl is a huge one. In fact, it’s the one to look out for. Vancouver is projected to have 400 overdose deaths in 2017 and fentanyl is a huge part of this. If what you’re picking up has fentanyl cut into it, there is a serious possibility that you might die.


Both Student Health Services and University Pharmacy have Take Home Naloxone (THN) available so please consider getting one if you’re at risk of opioid overdose or to those at risk of witnessing an overdose. Known drugs being cut with fentanyl: marijuana, heroin, cocaine and oxycodone.




Travel Tips We love Vancouver. Trust us, if the rent was a little cheaper, we doubt anyone would live anywhere else. But the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beauiful places in the entire world and not exploring a little of it while you’re here is a complete and utter shame.

Join a club: A ton of clubs do a lot of traveling. The VOC and SkiandBoardClubbothrun trips within and outside of Vancouver.

Check out the Sunshine Coast: North of the Lower Mainland is the Sunshine Coast. Whether you’re looking to tan on a boat all day or want to explore the great outdoors, the Sunshine Coast is where it’s at.

Visit the Island: Vancouver Island is worth the trip. Victoria is BC’s capital and basically popping at the seams with everything a hipster would need. Tofino (#therealwestcoast) is on the west side of the Island. As Canada’s Surf Capital and an adventurer’s dream, it’s worth heading up.

Whistler: Whistler has three things that you should see: 1) Whister Blackcomb – the mountain that has amazing hikes during the summer and incredible skiing during the winter. 2) The surprisingly good range of resturants. 3) The absurd amount of Australians there.

So here are our suggestions to get your butt out of Vancouver.


But we get it, we’re all poor students who can barely scrap enough money to buy Coppertank’s Triple Long Island Iced Tea and all our spare time goes into learning coding or whatever can make us a touch more employable. But trust us on this too – it’s totally worth it.


If you have access to a car, the world is your oyster. Head east: The Canadian Rockies are something you should see at least once in your life (and not from a plane). At the border of BC and Alberta, Banff is a tourist favourite and Jasper National Park is right next door. Lake Louise is amazing. If you like the outdoors, the Rockies offer some of Canada’s best.

Hello America: Whatever your feelings on the current administration, the American West coast is worth a trip. Seattle and Portand are both reasonably close and just south of Oregon there’s a really nice place not a lot of people know about – California. Use YVR: Flying is stupidly expensive in Canada, so be savvy with your ticket buying and use apps like Kayak to get good rates.

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September: Sept 2: Move in Date Sept 2: Sigma Chi’s Toga Party Sept 4: Labour Day Sept 5: Imagine Day Sept 6: Term 1 Starts Tuition Due FirstWeek’s Pool Party Sept 8: AMS Welcome Back BBQ Sept 8-9: Frat parties @ Greek Village Sept 9: UBC Sororities’ Formal Recruitment Registration Deadline Sept 11-17: UBC Rec Free Week Sept 14: UBC Fraternities’ First Rush Sept 15: Bursary Applications Due Sept 16: Homecoming Third week of Sept: Clubs Days Mid-Sept: AMS By-Election Sept 19: Last day to withdraw from Term 1 courses without a W Sept 20: UBC Fraternities’ Second Rush Sept 22: Last day to withdraw from full-year courses without a W Sept 30-Oct 1: Day of the LongBoat Sept 23: Koerners House Party


October: Oct 8: Vancouver International Music Competition Gala Concert Oct 9: Thanksgiving Day (University closed) Oct 13: Last day to withdraw from Term 1 courses with a W Oct 31 (Tuesday): Halloween November: Nov 9-25, Wednesday through Saturday: UBC Theatre’s Wives and Daughters Nov 11: Remembrance Day Nov 13: Stat holiday (University closed) Nov 16: Beaty Nocturnal Nov 22-23: Fall Congregation Nov 24: Last day to withdraw from full-year courses with a W December: Dec 1: Last Day of Classes The Calendar’s Polar Bear Plunge The Calendar’s Christmas Party Dec 5: Exams Start Dec 7: Go Global Deadline for select opportunities Dec 15: Application for Graduation opens Dec 20: Exams Finish Dec 21: Some residences close

January: Jan 3: Term Two Start Jan 8: Tuition Due Early to Mid-Jan: Winter Classic Jan 17: Last day to withdraw from Term 2 courses without a W Jan 18: Go Global Round 1 Application Deadline Jan 18 - Feb 3, Wednesday through Saturday: UBC Theatre’s She Kills Monsters February: Feb 1: Deadline for Winter housing application Feb 1-4: UBC Opera’s La Cenerentola Feb 9: Last day to withdraw from Term 2 courses with a W Feb 12: Family Day (University closed) Feb 19-23: Reading Week Mid-Feb - Mid-March: AMS Elections March: March 15-31, Wednesday through Saturday: UBC Theatre’s The Crucible March 16: UBC Opera Ball Fundraiser March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day End of March: Strom the Wall March 30: Good Friday (University closed) April: April 2: Easter Monday (University closed) April 3: UBC Opera’s The Chan Turns 20 April 6: Last Day of Classes

April 6: Block Party April 10: Exams Start Mid-April: Ski and Board’s Undie Run April 25: Exams Finish April 26: Move out day for Winter Session Residence Late April - Early May: The F-Word Conference


May: May 3: Go Global Round 2 Application Deadline May 14: Summer Term One Start May 21: Victoria Day (University closed) May 23-25 and 28-31: Spring Congregation June: June 21: Summer Term One Finish June 25: Exams Start June 29: Exams Finish Late June - Early July: Course registration for Winter Session July: July 1: Canada Day July 2: Stat Holiday (University closed) July 3: Summer Term Two Starts August: Aug 6: BC Day (University closed) Aug 10: Summer Term Two Finishes Aug 14: Exams Start Aug 18: Exams End



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Now, you’ve gotten to the end of the Guide, you must be thinking “What is The Ubyssey? How do they know so much about UBC? Are they cool? Hip with the kids? Funky fresh?” This is the part of the Guide where we loudly yell for all to hear: “We are The Ubyssey! We are funky fresh!” The Ubyssey has been UBC’s official student newspaper since 1918. We publish in print every Tuesday and publish online everyday. We bring you the news, reviews, insider information, humour and history that’s important to students. And we know what that is because we’re students too. If you’re interested in knowing what’s going down on campus, make sure to follow us on Facebook or check out our website

If you want to write news, features, sports or culture? Come to The Ubyssey. If you want to take photos, shoot and edit video, or help design page and illustrate? We want you. If you just want a fun group to hang out with who occasionally go to a mansion on an island and drink in a hot tub on the roof of that mansion, we also do that. Whether you dream of a future in journalism or you just want to see your name in print once, we have a place for you and our doors are always open. No experience needed, just a good attitude. If you’re interested in joining us or just want to say hi, check us out in our office on the second floor of the Nest, Room 2208, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Ubyssey



NEWS learns about everything on campus before everyone else. Be ahead on the news. CULTURE covers everything from theatre to the coolest places in Vancouver to get drunk. SPORTS & REC cheers on everything from varsity sports to e-sports to Storm the Wall. FEATURES publishes long-form pieces that dive deep into what’s really going down on campus. SCIENCE gets to the bottom of the science on campus, from superbugs to sex robots. PHOTOS makes sure that the words on the paper look good. The photo department sees all. OPINIONS is where your strongly held views find paper. Anyone can submit. VIDEO is the place for the next YouTube star or if you just want to play with a camera. BLOG is the world of humourous, creative, short articles that get the people going.


DESIGN makes the world go round. We make everything pretty because no one reads ugly news.


Adventure Around Campus, Complete Challenges, Win Great Prizes! TO N S S O F P R IZEE TO B WO N ! THANKS TO BMO AND OUR PARTICIPATING PARTNERS FOR THESE GREAT PRIZES! step 1: Bring this Passport to the venues on reverse




Whistler Vacation Package worth $1,000

iPad mini worth $500


4 season passes to concerts at the UBC School of Music (value approx. $500) $100 UBC Bookstore Gift Card

$124 worth 2 tickets to the Lila Downs concert $100 Gift Card from MOA shop

step 2: Complete challenges to earn stamps (the more you collect, the more you can win)


$100 Loafe Gift Card

5x $100 prepaid BMO alumni UBC MasterCard

$100 AMS Gift Card


$100 Wesbrook Village Shopping Spree $100 UBC Food Services Gift Card

step 3: Submit this stamped Passport to the UBC Welcome Centre front desk (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd)

submission deadline: October 31st, 2017

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Beaty Biodiversity Museum Whale Station, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm


Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Chan Centre Ticket Office, Tues-Sat 12pm-5pm

First Nations House of Learning Welcome Desk, 9am-5pm


Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Gallery Reception Desk, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat/Sun 12pm-5pm


Nitobe Memorial Garden nitobe-memorial-garden Admission Desk, Daily 11am-4:30pm

AHVA Gallery, Audain Art Centre ahva-gallery-home Gallery Front Desk, Tues-Sat 12-4pm (starting Sept 28)



CiTR Radio and Discorder Magazine CiTR Lounge, LL-500 AMS Nest, Weekdays 12pm-5pm



Museum of Anthropology Admissions Desk, Daily 10am-5pm,Thurs until 9pm


Map of Challenge locations available online: welcomecentre. (numbers refer to online map)


UBC Botanical Garden Admission Desk, Daily 9:30am-4:30pm (challenge not valid on Oct 14-15)


UBC Recreation Aquatic Centre front desk, Daily 8am-9pm


UBC School of Music Front Desk, Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm (except 1-2pm)

The Ubyssey Room 2208 in the AMS Nest, Weekdays 11am-5pm


United Way Multiple Venues - (A) Oct 10: Rec Centre, (B) Oct 11: Kaiser Building, (C) Oct 12: Lee Square *check website for details


Wesbrook Village Welcome Centre Welcome Centre front desk, Daily 10am-6pm



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